“Miracles happen to those who believe in them”
This is the mantra of the Erawan shrine situated in the Pathum Wan region of Bangkok. The temples in Bangkok are a pretty common tourist attraction. With their beautifully bedecked shrines and spectacular interiors, the Thai temples bring about an awe factor in every visitor that has the privilege of witnessing their magic. But the city’s temples are more than just a place of worship. They embrace principles of aesthetic beauty and abide by the Buddhist values of compassion and giving back to the society.
Among these gorgeous temples lies the revered Hindu Erawan shrine. It is a Hindu shrine that was built in the 1950s to ward off evil spirits and emanate good fortune. It is believed to bring all of its devotees’ wishes come true through religious prayer. The main God of worship is a Buddhist avatar of the Hindu God Brahma. Religiously the principal deity is called Thao Maha Brahma. The temple is greatly loved by tourists and locals alike and is visited very often. Here’s a list of things you should know about Erawan shrine and a small to-do list to tick off while you visit this wish granting shrine in Thailand.
Worshippers from all across the country pay a visit to this temple to pay homage to the Thai representation of the Hindu God Brahma. It is believed to be a place that emanates good luck. Devotees come here and pray for their wishes and they often return with gifts to the temple when their prayers have been answered.
Vendors outside the shrine sell products such as garlands, flowers, and incense sticks which you can purchase and offer to pay your respect to the deity. This practice is common in Hindu temples and is followed in the Erawan shrine as well.
Since the Erawan shrine is considered to be an auspicious place of worship, devotees pay the deity their respects and pray ardently for their wishes to come true. Once they do, the worshippers come back to the temple and as a gesture of gratitude, they hire Thai dancers to perform in front of the deity. This is a sight to behold for tourists and locals alike.
The visitors are required to stay away from eating meat for three days when they visit this temple. The day before, on the day of the visit and the day after.
The principle of the shrine is based on the age-old Thai custom of building “spirit houses” near buildings to ward off evil spirits. The Erawan hotel nearby is said to have been facing several obstacles during the construction process, to whose rescue came the shrine. This is the reason why the shrine is well-known among tourists and locals.
The shrine is open every day of the week from 6 AM in the morning to 10 PM at night. IT is best to visit the shrine in the early hours to have a pleasant experience without getting caught up in a crowd.
There is no entrance fee to visit the shrine.
Situated at the Ratchaprasong intersection, the busiest in the city, the shrine is quite accessible for tourists. You can take the BTS Skytrain to the Siam district, the commercial capital of Bangkok and from there it is a two to five minute walk.
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